Appendix: Miscellaneous 1514

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Calendar of State Papers Relating To English Affairs in the Archives of Venice, Volume 4, 1527-1533. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1871.

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Miscellaneous 1514

July 8. Senato Mar, v. xviii., p. 35. 1050. Decree of the Senate concerning English Kerse ys.
One of the principal foundations of trade all over the world is the kerseys from the west, of which but a very small quantity is brought by our merchants over land, because they pay an entry duty besides the tenths, and also 9 per cent.; and the Germans being privileged to import them paying only 2½ per cent. entry, (fn. 1) it is necessary that our merchants should receive them at as cheap a rate as possible. And as the 9 per cent. was laid on the kerseys [imported over land] solely for the purpose of giving freight to our Flanders galleys, which no longer make the voyage, and in order that kerseys may be brought hither in greater quantity,—
Put to the ballot, that all merchants who shall henceforth bring into this city coloured cloths, and kerseys either white or coloured, and also tin, from the west, whether by land or by sea, do not pay more than 4 per cent. entry, and be absolved from tenths and every other tax; and that this decree remain in force for one month after the appointment of our galleys for the Flanders voyage.
Ayes, 134. Noes, 6. Neutrals, 0.


  • 1. The German factory at Venice enjoyed many immunities, and this apparently was one of them.